Ordinary Mind is the Way (GG19)

KOAN:

Zhaozhou asked Nanquan, “What is the Way?”
“Should I turn toward it or not?”
“If you turn toward it you turn away from it.”
Zhaozhou asked, “How can I know the way if I don’t turn toward it?”
Nanquan said, ” The way is not about knowing or not knowing. When you know something you are deluded., and when you don’t know you are just empty-headed. When you reach the way beyond doubt, it is as vast an infinite as space. You can’t say it’s right or wrong.”
With these words, Zhaozhou had sudden understanding.

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